“Burlingame Hills” Plein Air Painting by Louis Heinzman SOLD P714

A characteristic California scene rendered with charm and skill. The place is identified on the back of the canvas board as Burlingame Hills near Crystal Springs Lakes, and dated 1928-9.

Born in Munich, Germany, Louis Heinzman (1905-1982) became known for his serene, sunlit vistas, desert and mountain landscapes as well as portraits.

He studied at an early age at the Munich Royal Academy and then continued in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He also studied in Rome. He traveled world wide including Egypt, India, the Far East, American Southwest and California in the 1930s and 40s, and was reportedly proficient in eight languages.

During World War II, he used the pseudonym Louis Hamilton because of anti-German sentiment. Following the war, he settled in Salt Lake City where he lived until his death in 1982, painting the landscapes and locales of Utah. From Salt Lake City to Palm Springs, California, and back again and beyond, Heinzman celebrated the desert effectively in oils on canvas. He was also something of a linguist who spoke and read no less than eight languages.

A New York critic once wrote, “A master of color, Heinzman’s brush is drenched in sunlight. To the luminosity in his works, he adds the lyric qualities which transform his canvases into noble poems of color.” Exhibited: Art Institute of Chicago (prizes); Society for Sanity in Art, California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1945, 1947 (first prize).

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